Donald Sutherland's 'Milton's Secret' to Premiere at Vancouver Film Festival

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Vancouver will also screen Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation,' Andrea Arnold's 'American Honey' and Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson.'

Donald Sutherland will see his film adaptation of Milton's Secret — based on the children's novel by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman — get a world premiere at the Vancouver Film Festival.

Director Barnet Bain's coming-of-age drama, starring David Sutcliffe and Mia Kirshner alongside Sutherland, is one of a slew of indie titles unveiled Thursday by Vancouver programmers.

They include Special Presentations slots as the awards season gathers pace for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, Andrea Arnold's American Honey, Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Jim Jarmusch's Paterson.

Last year, John Crowley's Irish immigrant love story Brooklyn won the top audience award at the Vancouver festival after opening the event. Vancouver this year has also booked Barry Jenkins' own coming-of-age tale Moonlight, Pedro Almodovar's Julieta and Colm McCarthy's The Girl With All the Gifts, starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close.

Vancouver also plans to spotlight films from France, including Francois Ozon's Frantz, Olivier Assayas' Personal Shopper and Mia Hansen-Love's Things to Come.

The Vancouver Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14.

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